FORBES WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE LIST IS OUT 2014 !!!!!!!!

By: Economic & Finance Report

The  annual Forbes Most Powerful People List is out for  the year 2014.   Some of the names on the list are listed below….

1) Vladamir Putin (Russia)

2) Barack Obama (United States)

3) Xi Jinping (China)

4) Pope Francis (Roman Catholic Church-Argentina)

5) Angela Markel (Germany)

6) Janet Yellen (United States)

7) Bill Gates (United States)

8) Mario Draghi (Italy)

9) Sergey Brin (United States)

10 Larry Page (United States)

11) David Cameron (Great Britain,UK)

12) Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (Saudi Arabia)

13)  Warren Buffet (United States)

14) Li Kequiang (China)

15) Carlos Slim & Family (Mexico)

16) Jeff Bezos (United States)

17) Francois Hollande (France)

18) Jamie Dimon

19) Ali Hoseini-Khamenei

20) Rex Tillerson (United States)

21) Jeffrey Immelt (United States)

22) Mark Zuckerberg (United States)

23) Michael Bloomberg (United States)

24) Charles Koch & David Koch (Koch Brothers) (United States)

25) Timothy Cook (United States)

-SB

APARTMENT RENTERS: EXPENSIVE CITY AREAS TO LIVE IN THE U.S.

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By: Economic & Finance Report

As prices of products and services increase so do living conditions around the United States.  Survey that was conducted by Apartments.com, below are expensive apartment rentals sections/cities around the country…

1) Philadelphia, Pa: Bottom of the list. (Home of Brotherly Love)

2) Pasedena, Ca:  Nothing like being close to southern LA, and celebrity life.

3) Washington, D.C. The nation’s capitol, why not they government regulates damn near everything anyway, to say the least… Why not place being expensive place to rent an apartment as well.

4) Queens, NYC:  Whoo-hoo we made it QU…. The apartment and cost of living is decent Not that expensive,  definitely suburban life, houses, yards, garage, drive way…. I should know, I’m from there….

5) San Diego, Ca: Nothing like living in Southern California, sun, beaches, good life…..

6) Newport Beach, Ca: That beach sun life, shout out to San Diego our cousin’s… Can’t forget beautiful women life….

7) Jersey City, NJ: I can see this, expensive apartments, condos, coops, especially by the water.. The view of looking toward New York City… Million dollar views… I see this definitely.

8) Great Neck, LI…  Long Island definitely expensive and the taxes yeeeesssshhhh…Hope you have a good income for the property taxes…

9) Palo Alto, Ca: Tech city baby… Latest technology home bases…

10) Oakland, Ca: Wow Oakland has come a long way… Expensive apartments to rent, very interesting….

11) Boston, Ma: Those Bostonians do it again, making the list.. I see you guys, watching you guys and gals too (lol).

12) San Francisco, Ca: I see the Golden Gate Bridge: South side lifeeeeeeeee…

13) Brooklyn, NYC: Big Ups to Broooooookkkkllllllynnnnnnn….

14) Manhattan, NYC:  Tops the List...Of course, everything in Manhattan is expensive not just apartment…. Lavish lifestyle, I should know… Trust I should know….

-SB

BLACKBERRY MIXED EARNINGS REPORT BRING A DIP TO THE STOCK

 

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BY: Economic and Finance Report

Blackberry shares dipped a bit on Friday  because of their mixed earning report for the end of the year quarter. Finishing down to $9.99. There seems that there is still a lot more work to be done as Blackberry is restructuring the company.

The company did below what analysts had predicted of $1 billion dollars in revenue. Blackberry reported losing  $148 in revenue in the 3 quarter. Blackberry executives expect the company to continue with either “break-even” or a little better route in their cash flow for 2015, but the Chairman/CEO John Chen expects Blackberry to hit profitability in the beginning of 2016.

-SB

NIGERIA FEDERAL BANK INCREASES POSITION IN SUPPORTING NAIRA!!!

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By: Economic & Finance Report

The Nigerian Central Bank has placed currency traders in a tough position. As the Nigerian currency (Naira) slides, the Central Bank of Nigeria has indicated that currency traders will have to buy or sell their position in the Naira within the next couple of days, or be forced to sell it at the rate set forth by the Central Bank. CBN (Central Bank) has also restricted some currency trading in efforts to boost the Naira. Tough sanctions will be followed if noone adheres to the rules set by the CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria)  as well.

Many currency traders, analysts, researchers and speculaters are seething to the tune of the declination fo the Naira, betting that the Naira will continue to derail against the US dollar. The Naira has been devalued to 168 to the dollar but it continues to slide none the less.

The Nigerian economy is set to grow 5.5% this year set from the revision of 6.4% previously. This revision was set by the Nigerian finance ministry led by finance minister  and renowned global economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

-SB

Latin America’s Economy May Be Affected By China’s Slowdown

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By Economic & Finance Report

It has been perceived that China’s economic  slow growth recently may be affecting the Latin America’s economy, because of the lack of China’s purchasing raw materials in Latin America.  Raw materials such as soybeans (Argentina), copper (Chile), coffee (Brazil) have seen recent drastic declines, especially since China’s has reduced its  ability to purchase these lucrative commodities.

Countries such as Venezuela have been hit hard by the recent slowdown especially with the declining of oil and other precious resources. The IMF has predicted a country such as Venezuela will be contracting for the next two years, this year and next year.

It is stated that Latin America has focused to heavily on raw material output and not enough on  diversifying other sectors in regional production. Many analysts speculated that China’s cheap labor eventually would outcompete  Latin America’s labor force, which it did and the manufacturing sector in Latin America’s economy has suffered horribly for it.

A growing and stable China helped cultivate  and economize many Latin American countries, and it is without this growth that stagnated the continent as well.Though it is implied by economists that Latin America may now need to focus more on regional development export and imports in the regional instead on dependency that has been plagued for decades by China, since the 1970s.

China has rebutted that the economic slowdown will be a long term effect to Latin America. They insist that the commodities that are exported to China serve as a mutual benefit for both Latin America and China, even more so then exports to the United States. As time passes and trade is one of the main focal points between China and Latin America, it remains to be seen how this economic barrier or stagnation  develops itself, if or when it does…

-SB

AFRICA’S RICHEST BILLIONAIRE INVESTS $2BN IN NIGERIA OIL….

By: Economic & Finance Report

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 Energy is big business in Nigeria and in Africa in general. Billionaire Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man has invested $2 billion dollars in Nigeria’s oil refinery. It is Nigeria’s petrochemical and fertiliser plant. He has already invested $9 billion dollars in the refinery adding the recent $2 billion recently. This project has been noted by energy analysts as galvanizing and revolutionizing the energy sector in Nigeria.

Nigeria’s refineries have had problems for decades, not being able to output oil to its full capacity, being unmanageable and the high rate of oil robberies and theft.

Nigeria’s economy continues to expand and diversify especially within the past decade but the country is still relying on oil as it’s main producer… Nigeria’s is Africa #1 oil producer… Nigeria oil accounts for  90 percent of export earnings and 70 percent from its national GDP earnings.

Mr. Dangote and his Dangote Group investing $2 billion in the oil refinery will position Nigeria to broaden its spectrum in the energy sector within and help ease the necessity of energy from being imported..

-SB

Africa’s Growth Potential Spurring Rapidly….

By: Economic & Finance Report

Africa home to abundant resources and young potential growth force, that will make it the next frontier of expansive of growth if not already… *Africa will see GDP growth of 5 %  by year’s end.*

 Africa is growing at 1.1 billion people currently and the region will be growing faster then most other countries trajectories in the next decade or so. *Inflation has fallen to 6%.  The Debt GDP has fallen to 20% on a whole throughout the continent*

Africa does seem to hold promise it is just a matter of timing…. Eventually Africa will be sought as a mundane middle class economy. This will indeed happen.

*statistical chart from Morningstar*

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Energy Decline Having An Lasting Effect On European Stocks

By: Economic & Finance Report

Financial market losses on Friday, sent currencies in Russia and Norway to fresh multiyear lows. Defining concrete losses to European equity indexes.

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The Stoxx Europe 600 index closed the session down 2.5 per cent, with the European subindex of oil and gas companies falling 3.6 per cent.

London’s FTSE 100, which has a very high exposure to the oil and gas sector, declined 2.5 per cent and notched up its biggest weekly loss in around two years. Howevr the DAX in Frankfurt dropping 2.7 per cent and the CAC-40 in Paris ending down 2.8 per cent. In the U.S., the S&P 500 dropped more than 1 per cent in late European trade.

The European central bank indicated a need to sell off the euro against the dollar and British pound…

 

Oil plunges 3 percent to new five-year lows after bearish IEA outlook

Oil plunges 3 percent to new five-year lows after bearish IEA outlook

Reuters

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A customer uses a petrol nozzle to fill up his tank in a gas station at a supermarket in Truchtersheim near Strasbourg August 26, 2012. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Crude oil markets fell 3 percent or more to plumb new five-year lows on Friday after the world’s energy watchdog forecast even lower prices on weaker demand and larger supplies next year.

Benchmark Brent oil settled at below $62 a barrel and U.S. crude slumped to under $58 to extend Thursday’s landmark fall below $60.

Surging crude inventories in the United States and top oil exporter Saudi Arabia’s reiteration that it will not cut production had roiled prices over the last two days despite data pointing to strong U.S. economic recovery.

On Friday, the Paris-based International Energy Agency which coordinates the energy policies of industrialised countries, cut its outlook for demand growth in 2015, triggering another collapse.

The IEA slashed its outlook for global oil demand growth for 2015 by 230,000 barrels per day to 900,000 bpd on expectations of lower fuel consumption in Russia and other oil-exporting countries.

It predicted that oil-producing nations outside of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will add to global supplies. It also expected prices to fall further.

“That’s just more bad news for the oil markets,” said Andrew Lipow, president of Houston-based Lipow Oil Associates.

Brent settled down $1.83, or nearly 3 percent, at $61.85 per barrel. It fell to $61.35 during the session, the lowest since July 2009.

U.S. crude finished down $2.14, or 3.6 percent, at $57.81. It fell earlier to $57.34, its lowest since May 2009.

On the week, Brent lost more than $7, or about 11 percent. U.S. crude tumbled over $8, or 12 percent.

Both markets have lost about 46 percent of their value since their June highs, when Brent stood at above $115 and U.S. crude at around $107.

The IEA outlook had a greater impact on Friday’s market than data from U.S. oil services firm Baker Hughes showing the number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States were down by 29 this week, the biggest weekly drop in two years.

Voluminous crude from U.S. shale projects has been blamed for much of the global oil glut now, and energy traders have been watching rig data to see if prices that have almost halved since June will prompt a cutback in drilling.

Regulators in North Dakota, one of the largest shale oil producing states in the United States, also said on Friday the state’s crude production held steady in October despite strict new rules that aim to prevent wasteful burning of natural gas produced alongside oil.

(Additional reporting by Simon Falush in London and Adam Rose in Beijing; Editing by Marguerita Choy and Gunna Dickson)

Nigeria Sinks Below Zimbabwe Stock Valuations on Oil Rout

Bloomberg News

Nigeria Sinks Below Zimbabwe Stock Valuations on Oil Rout

December 12, 2014

Nigeria’s Islamist insurgency, tumbling oil revenue and a looming presidential election have turned the nation’s stocks into Africa’s biggest laggards.

The country’s main equity index lost 25 percent this quarter after tumbling to a 22-month low, the continent’s largest retreat. The Nigerian measure dropped to 8.1 times estimated earnings Dec. 11, falling below Zimbabwe for the first time since Bloomberg started tracking the southern African nation in 2010.

Tension in Africa’s largest economy is escalating before polls in February pitting southern Christian President Goodluck Jonathan against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, a northern Muslim, with attacks by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram killing at least 450 people in November. Crude’s plunge below $65 a barrel has deepened the rout as Nigeria needs a price of $126 to balance its budget, more than any other major developing-nation producer bar Venezuela and Bahrain, according to Deutsche Bank AG.

“The government situation is somewhat chaotic,” Mark Mobius, who oversees about $40 billion as the executive chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group, said by phone from Bangkok on Dec. 9. “You’re going to get a lot of hesitation on the part of investors” until after the polls, he said.

The Nigerian Stock Exchange All Share Index (NGSEINDX) decreased 1 percent to 30,763.38 in Lagos, the lowest level since January 2013. The gauge, which has dropped almost 30 percent from this year’s high in July, fell 7.4 percent this week, the worst five-day decline since the week through Nov. 7. Its fall is the fourth-biggest among 93 stock gauges tracked by Bloomberg worldwide this quarter through Dec. 11.

Dangote Tumbles

The last time Nigeria held general elections in 2011, stocks declined 1 percent in the six months before the April poll and ended the year 16 percent down. Jonathan’s victory triggered riots across the north that killed more than 800 people and led to the burning of churches, mosques and homes and was challenged by the runner-up.

Investors are more concerned this year as increased attacks by Boko Haram “make these elections particularly fraught,” Nnamdi Obasi, a senior analyst for West Africa at Brussels-based International Crisis Group, a conflict resolution organization, said in a report last month.

Consumer and energy shares have been among the biggest drags on the benchmark index. Dangote Cement Plc, controlled by the continent’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has dropped 27 percent this year. The stock makes up about a quarter of the gauge’s $58 billion market capitalization. FBN Holdings Plc, owner of the country’s biggest lender, fell 47 percent amid higher capital requirements.

Extreme Selloff

The estimated price-to-earnings ratio for Nigeria is the lowest of nine of the largest markets in sub-Saharan Africa and compares with 8.14 times for the main measure of the stock exchange in Zimbabwe, where a decade-long recession that began in 2000 reduced the size of the economy by half.

Kenya’s Nairobi All Share Index is valued at 11.4, while Russia’s Micex Index is at 4.6 times estimated earnings as the economy teeters on recession amid international sanctions against the world’s biggest energy exporter. Brazil’s Ibovespa Index is valued at 10.3, while the MSCI Frontier Markets Index measures 9.1.

The selloff in some consumer stocks and banks has been extreme even after accounting for a more difficult business environment amid lower oil prices, Joseph Rohm, who helps manage about $2 billion in Africa for Investec Asset Management, said by phone from Cape Town Dec. 10. “It’s a better environment now for stock-pickers with a long-term horizon.”

Nigerian securities will rebound in 2015 if the political environment improves, Mobius said. The $1.8 billion Templeton Frontier Markets Fund (TFMAX:US)hasn’t reduced its exposure to Nigeria during the recent downturn, he said.

Not Buying

The latest data from Nigeria’s stock exchange show foreign investors have been net sellers of the nation’s shares and bonds on the whole. They pulled $273 million from the country in October, the most since February when central bank Governor Lamido Sanusi was suspended.

Oliver Bell, a money manager at T. Rowe Price Group Inc. in London, said last month that the firm’s Africa and Middle East fund (TRAMX:US) has cut holdings of Nigerian shares to the lowest level since the fund’s inception in 2007, even as he predicts the country’s long-term investment case will stay intact.